Ad Gefrin

Ad Gefrin

Ad Gefrin Anglo-Saxon Museum and Distillery celebrates the life of the 7th century royal court of Northumbria’s Golden Age in a recreated Great Hall and museum experience, before offering a  multi-sensory journey through the distilling of their first English Single Malt Whisky and a taste of their spirits.

Beamish, The Living Museum of the North

Beamish – hands-on history.

Award-winning Beamish, The Living Museum of the North is the North East’s most popular museum and paid-for visitor attraction. The museum uses its collections to tell the story of everyday life in the North East through time. History is brought to life by costumed staff and volunteers.

Visitors to the 350 acre open air museum site explore a town, village and buildings from the 1820s and early 20th century. Many of the buildings have been moved from across the region and the museum’s collections focus on rural life, social history, transport and engineering/industry.

Beamish has been awarded a £10.9million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the Remaking Beamish project. The funding is a major milestone in Beamish’s history and it will help the museum create a range of new ways for people to experience the heritage of the North East. It is the largest single investment ever seen at Beamish.

The centrepiece will be a reconstructed 1950s Town, including cinema, shops, houses and cafe, and additions to the Georgian area, including a coaching inn where visitors can stay overnight. The £18million scheme will begin later this year and will take around four years to be completed.

Beamish welcomed a record-breaking 750,406 visitors in 2016/17 and has seen visitor numbers more than double over the past eight years. The museum has about 420 staff and 500 volunteers.

Beamish was named Large Visitor Attraction of the Year at the North East England Tourism Awards in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

English Heritage

English Heritage cares for over 400 historic buildings, monuments, and sites - from world-famous prehistoric sites to grand medieval castles, from Roman forts on the edges of the empire to a Cold War bunker. Through these, we bring the story of England to life for over 10 million people each year.

We care for and protect some of the most iconic sites in the North East from Berwick Barracks in North Northumberland to Barnard Castle, County Durham. Some sites Durham Business Group members may know include Lindisfarne Priory, Belsay Hall, Brinkburn Priory, Tynemouth Priory,  Warkworth Castle, St Paul’s Monastery, Egglestone Abbey, Finchale Priory, Dunstanburgh Castle, various locations across Hadrian’s Wall including Horseheads Roman Fort and Corbridge Roman Town

We are supported by our members and commercial activity, and as a registered charity, no. 1140351, and a company, no. 07447221 we are increasingly relying on our innovative partnerships and philanthropists to help achieve our charitable objectives and financial sustainability to ensure we are able to continue caring for our amazing historic buildings, monuments, and sites in the North East and nationally.

Stovall + Wright

STOVALL + WRIGHT is a North East experience + engagement service, connecting + celebrating the best the region has to offer to visitors + residents alike.

S+W create a package to suit your, your family or employee’s needs, delivered through a range of activities such as 121 conversations, private events, tours + days out, curated cultural experiences or talks.

New to the North East? Do you want to know where to go, what to do + who to know? We can support you in to building a new network, provide tailored programmes to welcome you to region, share local knowledge + recommendations while being on hand to guide you through what can be both an exciting + lonely time.

Visiting the North East? Do you want to know where to go or what to do on your visit? Let us be your guide. Through Sophia Stovall’s extensive regional knowledge, we can create that perfect itinerary for you to maximise your time in the region – whether it be Durham, Newcastle, Northumberland, Sunderland, Teesside or anywhere in between.

Through our personal relationship management style our bespoke services offer a unique insight into the wide range of experiences + engagement opportunities across the region to suit anyone looking for as a friend in a new world + who want to get the most out of their North East experience.

The Good Travel Agent

I am an Independent Travel Agent and Travel Consultant - I can design trips, or book holidays that you find online on your behalf. I can also arrange Insurance, Travel Money - everything in fact.

I am an ethical and passionate traveller myself and am looking to use that experience to help others.

USHAW: Historic House, Chapels & Gardens

Ushaw is an arts, heritage and events venue in thirty acres of beautiful gardens and parkland – just four miles from historic Durham City.

A place where wonder, curiosity and amazement collide and where contemporary art exhibitions are commonplace and ever changing, and the entertainment programme is unique and wide ranging.